At the Bridgerton Season two World Premiere in London’s Tate Modern this week, there were many highlights to take in. Not least of all, the Bridgerton inspired fashion show, venue decorations, and of course, interviews with key cast and creators.
The first season focused on the fourth Bridgerton child, Daphne Bridgerton, and her love story with the Duke of Hastings.
The main focus of season two is the eldest Bridgerton child, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton. Specifically his entrance into the marriage market and the fun dynamic between the Viscount and the older Sharma sister, Kate (Simone Ashley).
Having seen episode one of season two, I’m almost certain that the undeniable chemistry and fun dialogue between Anthony and Kate will be the main highlight.
No doubt the costumes, music, romance and humour will hold my attention. But, Anthony and Kate’s exchanges did take me back to Casino Royale (2006), specifically James Bond and Vesper Lynd’s conversation on the Eurostar.
Let’s hope that the episodes that follow are only more and more engaging come Friday, March 25th, 2022.
Are you looking forward to this promising new season? I know I’m ready to be pleasantly surprised.
Other reasons include the reputable production company behind it (Shondaland), the young and undeniably attractive cast, the romance-centric story, plus the show’s general look and feel; mainly the colourful costumes and cinematography. As for me, I tuned in to Bridgerton for most, if not all the above reasons.
Following the first episode, I realised quickly that I’d got myself into another period drama that’s very similar to the others. You know, the kind where the young adults from rich and powerful families are either excited or fretting about getting married off to an acceptably wealthy suitor.
Created by Chris Van Dusen, Bridgerton is a tale of wealth, lust, and betrayal as seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family. It is a show I watched through to the very end because it gave me just enough to keep going. Even though so many of its themes I’ve seen many times before. The good news is that it is well-acted and the cinematography and costumes are a delightful feast for the eyes.
Some key ways Bridgerton is different compared to other costume dramas include the sex, there’s a lot of it. Not quite ‘Game of Thrones a lot,’ but close. There’s also the diverse casting and the way the show satisfyingly adapts modern music to fit the period.
Bridgerton and one of the most successful ‘costume dramas’ of all time, Downton Abbey also share some themes. Yet, even though I quit watching Downton after a certain character died in a fatal car crash, I’d say its a better-executed series than Bridgerton. Well, the seasons I watched anyway.
What frustrated me most about Bridgerton, besides knowing that it isn’t quite as good as the very best, is the way the young characters made mistakes that could have been easily solved with effective communication. Perhaps I’m simply too mature to find some of the antics of the young adult characters in Bridgerton more entertaining than annoying.
Luckily, there are highlights to enjoy. Particularly in regards to some camera work, cinematography, costume design and the soundtrack. Are all these so good that it’s worth dedicating the eight, hour-long episodes to watch it all? Perhaps not, especially if you’ve seen plenty of period dramas. But, as always, give it a chance if you’re very curious. It may be just what you need.
Created by Chris Van Dusen; Bridgerton is a new Netflix series set in Regency era England. A tale of wealth, lust, and betrayal as seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.
Produced by Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder production company, Shonda Rhymes’s Shondaland, Bridgerton stars Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Julie Andrews, Jonathan Bailey
I’d just got in from a much needed run, did the required warm down and was about to head towards the shower when a thought came to me: ‘Let me, let me just check what new trailers have been released.’.
The colours, the music, characters, costume and trailer edit all had me paying close attention trying to understand what this could be. It wasn’t until I saw ‘Shondaland’ that a very high pitched, gleeful sound escaped my lips, while I simultaneously brought my hands together clapping rapidly as the broadest smile took over my face.
In case it wasn’t clear, I’m super excited for Bridgerton for all the reasons above, but especially because it comes from Shondaland, a company that’s blessed so many fans with the likes of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.
I’d been patiently waiting for the first show that would result from the very lucrative Rhymes/ Shodaland and Netflix deal. Finally!
Adjoa Andoh, Ruby Barker, Jason Barnett, Sabrina Bartlett, Joanna Bobin, Harriet Cains, Bessie Carter, Nicola Coughlan, Kathryn Drysdale, and Golda Rosheuvel also star.